Higgs government should survive budget vote with support of Green leader

New Brunswick’s minority Tory government should survive a confidence vote on the provincial budget next week now that Green Leader David Coon has decided to support it.

Coon said Friday that while the budget doesn’t go as far as he would have liked, it will make a difference in people’s lives.

Coon cited an increase in social assistance rates, reduction in interest on student loans and various health care measures as reasons to back the budget tabled Tuesday.

Coon says the other two Green members – whose ridings would have been affected by the recently cancelled night time closing of hospital emergency rooms – have not decided how they’ll vote next Friday.

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